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Can U.S. be a world power in badminton? That's Tony Gunawan's goal (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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Gunawan, a former world and Olympic champ, coaches at San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club. He plans to compete at 2012 London Games; then, a more ambitious challenge: Coaching U.S. to world prominence.

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The San Gabriel Valley Badminton Club was born eight months ago in a nondescript industrial park off the 57 Freeway in Pomona.

Tony Gunawan expects to retire as a player after the London Olympics next summer. He's already making the transition to coaching, and says he aims to impart love of the game as well as specific skills.



If you're looking for fancy bells and whistles — or, for that matter, heat — this isn't your place, with 19 simple badminton courts and a small, no-frills workout room packed into a chilly warehouse about the size of a hockey rink.



Yet Tony Gunawan, a former world and Olympic champion who has visited elaborate arenas all over the globe, can't think of anywhere else he'd rather be. Next summer's London Olympics mark what he promises will be the end of a long playing career, and the 36-year-old has a new muse — coaching the U.S. into a badminton power.



"This is what I want to do," says Gunawan, whose evening classes at the SGVBC draw players from all over Southern California. "The Olympics is one goal, of course; to represent the USA. But to . . . carry the players to a high level and competing internationally? It's a different goal."


 

Saina Nehwal first Indian to reach the final of BWF Super Series Finals

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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 HYDERABAD: The stunning win over Chinese star Wang Xin on Friday was just what Saina Nehwal  needed to get out of her lean patch. She came out inspired on Saturday and outclassed Tine Baun of Denmark to cruise 21-17, 21-18 in the semifinals of the BWF Super Series Finals in Liu Zhou (China).


The straight-game victory over the two-time All England champion helped Saina become the first Indian singles player to reach the summit stage of year-ending Super Series Finals. Mixed doubles pair of Valiyaveetil Diju and Jwala Gutta had made the grade in 2009 but they lost in the final.


The Hyderabadi will now meet world champion Wang Yihan of China in the final on Sunday. Yihan is the only player in the current crop who has always beaten Saina.
The world No.1, who enjoys a 3-0 head-to-head record over the Indian star, defeated Saina twice this year - in the Indonesia Super Series Premier final and in the last eight stage of the China Masters. Saina, however, is unperturbed by these figures or past defeats.

 

Chong Wei Fails To Defend BWF Super Series Finals Title

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17  -- World No 1 Datuk Lee Chong Wei failed in his bid to defend his BWF Super Series Master Finals for the fourth consecutive time after losing to Chen Long of China in a semi-final match held at Li Ning Stadium in Liuzhou, China Saturday.

The national No 1 singles is the defending champion of the Superseries finals in the three previous tournaments which were held in Sabah (2008), Johor (2009) and in Taiwan last year.

In the semi-final match Saturday, the lanky Chinese player used his height as an advantage to beat the Penangite with the scores 21-16, 16-21 and 21-18 in a gruelling 80-minute encounter.

The Chinese player will meet his compatriot Lin Dan in the final on Sunday after the Olympic champion beat Danish aging player Peter Hoeg Gade in straight sets, 21-12 and 21-15 in 41 minutes in another semi-final match, according to www.tournamentsoftware.com, the tournament website.

The Masters Final is the season-ending finale for the OSIM BWF World Super Series, where the top eight in each of the men's and women's singles, doubles, and mixed doubles disciplines (with a quota of two players or pairs per country for each discipline) on the World Super Series standings, battle it out for a share of the USD500,000 (RM 1.6 million) prize money.

 
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Chen Long in the form of his life (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 18 December 2011
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LIUZHOU, South China, Dec. 17  -- After the shocking first-round exit at the London world championships, Chinese badminton hopeful Chen Long gradually found back the rhythm.

Following his 21-16, 16-21, 21-18 win over world No. 1 Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia in the semifinals of the BWF World Superseries Finals, the 22-year-old is obviously in the form of his life at the moment.Chen Long of China competes during the semifinal of men's singles match against Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia at Li Ning BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Superseries Finals 2011 in Liuzhou, city of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Dec. 17, 2011. Chen Long won the match 2-1.

Chen Long controlled the tempo of the match and almost made no mistakes on the court. His victory and his recent sound performance sent a message to the world that he has indeed broken the Lee Chong Wei-Lin Dan stranglehold and he should now be the player to watch.

Every successful man fails at some time, even "Grand Slam" winner Lin was stunned by an unheralded player in his opener at the Athens Olympic Games, Chen is definitely not excluded.

 

Chong Wei and Lin Dan move into the semis while promoting life stories (pic)

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Category: Badminton News
Published: 17 December 2011
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ONE has written his autobiography. The other is producing a documentary about his life on court. The two great rivals of men’s badminton are also busy embellishing their legends at the Super Series Masters Finals here.

Lee Chong Wei and Lin Dan showed that they are not only old time rivals on the court but equally competitive in the promotion of the sport that they love by telling their life stories to inspire the younger generation.Storyteller: The front cover of Lee Chong Wei’s autobiography “Dare to be a Champion”.

Yesterday, top seed Chong Wei and four-time world champion Lin Dan spoke of their promotional activities after underlining their supremacy to march into the semi-finals of the Masters Finals as the Group A and Group B champions respectively at the Li Ning Gymnasium.

Chong Wei will take on Chen Long of China today while Lin Dan will cross swords with old warrior Peter-Gade Christensen of Denmark in another top four battle.

Yesterday, Chong Wei, who had already qualified for the semis, made the mistake of taking it easy before prevailing 24-22, 21-14 over the 35-year-old Christensen in a 33-minute final Group A match.

 

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